Location: San Diego, CA
Research shows that a healthy, growth-focused faculty culture is the primary predictor of student performance, satisfaction, and enthusiasm.
A healthy school culture is the result of students receiving the appropriate balance of predictability and support from their teachers, teachers experiencing predictability and support from their school leaders, and the Head receiving this from the Board.
Discover how to create a student-centered culture that best serves your entire school community.
In an era of “hyper-change,” it is more important than ever to foster a culture that provides a stable environment while embracing necessary changes to prepare students for the future. A key component of providing a stable environment is ensuring that all employees are delivering the school’s mission with excellence with clear and well-communicated expectations.
We will engage in meaningful conversations about hiring and induction, assessing and enhancing faculty and school culture, coaching and mentoring, growth-oriented and teacher-driven professional growth and renewal, and effective faculty evaluation. Leave this workshop excited to lead your school and your faculty from excellent to extraordinary.
- Cultivate an understanding of the relationships between executive leadership, faculty culture, and student performance.
- Gain the tools to assess and strengthen faculty culture and the student experience.
- Learn specific strategies to support your faculty in fostering a student-centered environment.
- Develop a comprehensive framework for attracting, developing, retaining, and rewarding effective and mission-aligned faculty.
- Have the opportunity to share ideas and strategies with a diverse group of talented peers
Who Should Attend:
Academic administrators, including School Heads, Division Heads, Academic Deans, Deans of Faculty, Department Chairs, or anyone else working closely with faculty should attend.
Bring your team! Pay only $1,468 tuition for each administrator and $1,175 tuition for each teacher that attends from your school. Call 302-656-4944 to register.
ISM Director of Advisory Services | Consultant
Barbara provides her expertise in the areas of student-centered and brain-based pedagogies, faculty growth and culture, faculty evaluation, academic leadership, mission identity, survey best practices, and data analysis.
As Director of ISM Advisory Services, Barbara:
- oversees ISM’s Publications, Research, and Professional Development divisions;
consults; writes for Ideas & Perspectives; co-authors books; and conductswebinars in the areas of student-centered and brain-based pedagogies,strategic academic planning, faculty growth and culture, faculty evaluation,academic leadership, mission identity, survey best practices, and data analysis;
facilitates ISM’s Engaging Students in an Extended Period workshop, empowering teachers to transition to and teach effectively in longer periods;
leads courses at ISM’s Summer Institute;
- presents at association conferences; and
- facilitates Board and school leadership retreats.
Barbara joined ISM in 2011 after working in the field of education since 1996. She served as an ESL and adult literacy teacher at Boston University, MA; an upper school modern language teacher at the MacDuffie School, MA; and a language teacher and lead advisor at Collegiate School, VA. She also served as Academic Dean at Cape Henry Collegiate School, VA, where she oversaw curriculum and professional growth in grades PK−12.
While enrolled at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, she attended a year of high school in France through School Year Abroad. She later lived in Spain and Brazil, where she learned Spanish and Portuguese.
Barbara holds a bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish from Trinity College, CT; a master’s degree in applied linguistics from Boston University, MA; a master’s degree in educational administration from Harvard University, MA; and a master’s degree in independent school leadership from the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, NY.
Personal Mission Statement
For all beings to cherish their lives.
The workshop kicks off on Sunday, with registration from 2–3 pm, followed by the opening session, a reception, and Get to Know You dinner. You will have a full day of sessions and networking on Monday, with the workshop wrapping up at noon on Tuesday. If you are traveling by air, please make your flight departure time 3:00 pm or later.
Sunday, October 20
2:00–3:00 pm Registration
3:00–5:00 pm Session 1
5:00 pm Reception and Dinner
Monday, October 21
7:00 – 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 9:15 am Session 2
9:15 – 10:15 am Keynote
10:15 – 10:30 am AM Break
10:30 – 12:15 pm Session 3
12:15 – 1:15 pm Lunch
1:15 – 3:00 pm Session 4
3:00 – 3:15 pm PM Break
3:15 – 5:00 pm Session 5
5:00 pm Networking Reception
Tuesday, October 22
7:15 – 8:15 am Continental Breakfast
8:15 – 10:00 am Session 6
10:00 – 10:15 am AM Break
10:15 – 12:00 pm Session 7
How to Book Your Room
Doubletree by Hilton San Diego Mission Valley
7450 Hazard Center Dr.
San Diego, CA 92108
ISM's room block is open for online or call in reservations.
- Use this link to make your reservations.
- Call the hotel directly at 619-297-5466 and ask for the Independent School Management or ISM room block.
Note: Do NOT make any non-refundable travel arrangements until you receive a communication from ISM that the workshop is confirmed to run.
About the Hotel
The DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego - Mission Valley puts you in the center of San Diego. The Mission Valley hotel is conveniently located next to the trolley stop, which offers easy transportation to a variety of the city’s top attractions including Old Town, Little Italy, Petco Park, San Diego Convention Center, Gaslamp Quarter, and San Diego State University.
It offers some of the largest guest rooms in Mission Valley and are pet-friendly. Each room has 400 sq. ft. of contemporary space with high-quality amenities. Standard Wi-Fi is complimentary for Hilton Honors members who book direct. It also offers an indoor and outdoor pool plus a 24-hour fitness center.
- Adjacent to the San Diego Trolley, it's a quick ride to historic Old Town and 10 minutes to downtown
- Walk/bike path to Fashion Valley Mall, connected to Hazard Center shops and restaurants
- Largest guest rooms in Mission Valley
- Heated indoor/outdoor pools, 24-hour fitness center, and business center
Things to do in San Diego
Located in the heart of Mission Valley, this DoubleTree hotel near the University of San Diego is just steps from the San Diego Trolley. This provides easy transport to a range of attractions, including the historic Gaslamp Quarter, SDCCU Stadium (formerly known as Qualcomm Stadium) and Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres.
Indulge in some retail therapy at the Fashion Valley Mall, a large mall in San Diego with many fine shops, and within walking distance of the hotel. Discover the world-famous San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld® San Diego, and LEGOLAND® California, or explore the museums and gardens of Balboa Park. Enjoy one of San Diego’s 94 championship golf courses, including world-famous Torrey Pines Golf Course.
How will ISM communicate workshop information with me?
It is essential that your school approves the following email addresses from ISM:
You will be receiving all communication—including your confirmation email and access to your workshop's Google Drive account—from these emails.
What does my registration fee include?
All workshop materials, breakfasts, lunch or dinner daily, and social hours are included.
What is not included in my registration fee?
Hotel accommodations and travel expenses, other meals not noted.
What should I wear?
Meetings rooms are generally cold, as temperature control in meeting spaces and large convention centers is difficult. Please bring a sweater, jacket, or sweatshirt.
What should I bring?
You’ll receive a letter from your workshop instructor letting you know what to bring. However, please bring a laptop or tablet for online access.
Can my special dietary requirements be met?
Absolutely. Just give the Workshops Department a call at 302-656-4944, and we'll make sure your needs are accommodated.
Should I need medical or dental attention, where should I go?
Should you need medical attention in a non-emergency, notify ISM staff and the hotel staff. The hotel can recommend what facilities are available, and may be able to supply transportation. In an emergency, call 911.
Confirmation and Cancellation Policy
We will correspond with you through email as soon as your workshop is confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to its start date. Occasionally, we may be forced to cancel an unconfirmed, scheduled workshop due to insufficient registration. So we ask that you do not make non-refundable travel arrangements until you receive notice that your workshop is confirmed. (ISM will not be responsible for any change/cancellation charges assessed by your airline or travel agent.)
Tuition Payment and Cancellation Policy for In-Person, Group-based Programs
Tuition must be paid in full 10 business days prior to the start date of the in-person, group-based program. An attendee with a balance due on the start date will be denied entrance to the program until the balance is paid in full.
Cancellation requests must be made in writing by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, faxing to 302-656-0647, or mailing to: Professional Development Coordinator, ISM, 1316 N. Union St., Wilmington, DE, 19806.
- Cancellations received more than 15 business days prior to the start date of the program will be fully refunded. Gold Dollars will also be fully refunded.
- There will be no refunds for cancellations made less than 15 business days before the start of the program. For registrations paid for with membership Gold Dollars, the member school will receive a 50% refund of Gold Dollars.
- Non-payment of tuition or no-show to the event does not constitute a cancellation. Full tuition will be due and payable.
The Substitution Option and Wallet Option
Should an attendee need to cancel less than 15 days prior to the start date of the workshop, the school has two options to avoid penalty. Schools may also exercise these options at anytime for cancellations.
- The school may substitute another employee.
- The school may bank the funds for a future ISM registration. These funds must be applied to a professional development event within one year from the start date of the original workshop. After one year, the funds will be forfeited. To use banked funds, please call the Professional Development Coordinator at 302-656-4944 x152.
*We DO NOT accept enrollments from consultants.
ISM believes in providing quality and excellence in all of our workshops and in ensuring the satisfaction of everyone who attends. Nearly 100% of our participants say they would recommend our workshops to their colleagues. If you are not satisfied with your workshop for any reason, ISM will credit the fee you paid toward another similarly priced workshop or will refund it.
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